NCAA Regionals Up Next For Men's Golf After Third-Place Pac-12 Finish
The Sun Devil men's golf team couldn't overcome a seven-stroke deficit heading into the final round of the 2022 Pac-12 Championship in suburban Seattle Wednesday, as it finished third to host Washington at the par-71, 6,979-yard Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish.
Washington shot 2-over 1,422 (346-360-354-362) followed by Stanford's 5-over 1,425 (359-353-357-356). ASU finished at 10-over 1,430 (346-364-357-363). It marked Washington's first Pac-12 title since going back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 under Sun Devil head coach Matt Thurmond.
Freshman Josele Ballester finished fourth at 2-under 282 (68-70-72-72), six shots back of medalist Noah Woolsey of Washington who shot 8-under 276 (65-71-68-72). Ballester shot 10-under on the par-4 holes, the second-best mark in the tournament.
MOST RECENT SUN DEVIL TOP-FOUR PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHES (2011-2022)
4. Josele Ballester, 2022, 68-70-72-72=282 (-2)
T4. Ryggs Johnston 2021, 67-66-71-72=276 (-12)
T4. Chun An Yu, 2021, 69-69-69-69=276 (-12)
1. Jon Rahm, 2016, 70-66-68-68=272 (-12)
Sun Devil freshman Preston Summerhays finished ninth with a 1-over 285 (71-71-71-72).
Senior Mason Andersen tied for tenth at 2-over 288 (69-73-69-75).
Pac-12 teams now turn their attention to postseason competition which will begin with NCAA Regional play May 15-18 followed by the NCAA Championships hosted by Arizona State at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 27-June 1. The NCAA Selection Show will air on GOLF Channel on Wednesday, May 4 at 1 p.m. PT.
Senior Mason Andersen had hole-in-one on the 152-yard ninth hole in the third round Tuesday. It was the 23rd eagle of Andersen's career, behind only Jon Rahm (39 from 2012-16) and Alex del Rey (26 from 2016-20) in the Sun Devil record books in the Golfstat era. He tied for the tournament lead in par-3 scoring (-4/2.80) with the players that finished 1-2 (Noal Woolsey and Barclay Brown)...Preston Summerhays was one of just four players to shoot par or better on the par-4 holes...Camerson Sisk led the championship with 57 pars...ASU shot a tournament-best 3.12 (+14)...
2022 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
ALDARRA GOLF CLUB
PAR 71/6,979 YARDS
FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD
Arizona State 346-364-357-363=1430/+10
Oregon State 357-372-375-359=1463/+43
Washington State 363-362-363-370=1478/+58
FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADER BOARD/SUN DEVIL SCORES/PLACE
1. Noah Woolsey, Washington 65-71-68-72=276/-8
2. Barclay Brown, Stanford 68-67-68-74=277/-7
4. Josele Ballester 68-70-72-72=282/-2
9. Preston Summerhays 71-71-71-72=285/+1
T10. Mason Andersen 69-73-69-75=286/+2
T24. James Leow 70-73-73-74=290/+6
T28. Cameron Sisk 69-81-72-70=292/+8
T53. Ryggs Johnston 70-77-73-78=298/+14
COACH THURMOND HAS THREE RINGS: Sun Devil head coach Matt Thurmond earned three Pac-10 titles in his 14 years at Washington, as the Huskies claimed the team title in 2010, 2009 and 2005. UW had not won the Pac-12 title since 1988 prior to its 2005 championship.
PAC-10/12 SUCCESS AT ASU: Arizona State has won 12 Pac-10 titles in its 43 chances, including a conference record six straight from 1995-2000. In addition to the six straight Pac-10 titles, ASU's other six Pac-10 titles were in 1979 (its first year in the league), 1981, 1989, 1990, 1993 and 2008. ASU tied for the league title in 2005 with Washington but lost on a tiebreaker formula, and the league decided to go to a playoff format after that season.